Much of my life, I’ve longed to be like everyone else. I’ve wanted to fit in, to be seen as an equal to my peers.
I’ve dreamed of finding a place where I could feel at home and a group of people with which I could feel comfortable.
I’ve dreamed of the day when I could walk into a building, see faces light up because of my presence and hear my name shouted across the room.
Wait – that’s a TV show –
“Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your na-a-ame”¹
“And they’re always glad you ca-a-ame”¹
Sorry. I couldn’t resist.
But wouldn’t it be nice?…
Rarely do I ever feel as though I fit in. Rarely have I ever found anyone with whom I could be myself and say what I think without fear of judgment. Rarely do I feel comfortable in a group, no matter how large or small. Rarely do I feel accepted for me, just me.
But I’ve learned a thing or two about acceptance and fitting in along my journey in life. You see, no matter how much I long to be the same as others or fit into a particular group, I simply wasn’t made for that.
Neither were you!
You and I were made to be different,
to stand out from the crowd and
to glorify God with our uniqueness.
Yep. I am very different. Maybe even a bit weird. But that’s okay. God has a specific plan for all of my quirks and peculiarities and He has a wonderful plan for yours, too!
Embrace your uniqueness and SMILE.
¹ “Cheers Theme Song” by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart-Angelo